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Revenge of the Nerds

Revenge of the Nerds

Tech Homecoming Forces New York’s Tech Community to Relive High School Traumas

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't deal. (flickr.com/misternaxal)

Old wounds were pried open this morning with the announcement of Tech Homecoming, an event sponsored by the likes of Bing and Sailthru that promises to immediately launch members of New York’s tech community into a painful round of high school reminiscences.

The event includes everything that made you long for sweet, sweet escape to college the first time around: a most popular contest, something called “football” and an awkward dance where hopefully Mayor Bloomberg will be on hand as chaperone, to chastise you for “bump and grinding.”

We look forward to dodging the mandatory pep rally in favor of dicking around in the debate office, right next to the computer lab full of engineers who were conspicuously absent from the list of honorees, probably because they were too busy–pardon the expression–fucking shipping.

Because, in all seriousness, for an industry compromised of people who try their damndest to avoid conventional wisdom, putting everyone in little boxes (literally!) feels painfully retrograde. There’s a reason we said tech needs to get uncool again. Read More

Revenge of the Nerds

Move Over, Social Media Bigwigs: The Real ‘Nerds’ are Back in Town

No hoodies for this guy. Marcus Ryu, CEO of Guidewire. (Photo: Business and Leadership)

As one of her very first posts for Betabeat, this reporter said “fuck it” and wrote a melodramatic lament of the fact that the tech scene has become overrun with popular kids and self-quantifying jocks, designer jean-wearing business douches and people who think a familiarity with CSS is the same as knowing how to code. “We Need to Make Tech Uncool Again,” we implored, calling for the ponytailed Linux users to inherit what’s rightfully theirs.

We were kind of joking, but kind of not. Perhaps it was a personal reaction to the rise of brogramming. Whatever it was, it seems we may finally be getting our wish. Read More